Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine - Today, 5:30 p.m., For the Love of Cupcakes, $45; Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Cooking Class for Singles 40 and Younger: Gnocchi, Basil-Garlic Sauce, Caprese Salad and Garlic Bread, $49; Sunday, 2 p.m., The Wonderful World of Sea Scallops, $55; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Sweet and Savory Crepes, $45; Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., Authentic Mexican Cooking: Sopa, $39; Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Authentic Mexican Cooking: Chile Verde and Green Chile and Chicken Enchiladas, $45; Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m., Challah Bread, $45; Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m. Make Your Own Condiments, $39; Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m., Lunch at Travo’s, $39. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
“Puppy Love” - A wine tasting, food and entertainment night to benefit the Spokane Humane Society. Today, 6-9 p.m., Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. $10/advance; $15/door. (509) 869-1572.
Sweetheart Dinners - Two Cooks With Love will create four Valentine’s Day dinners to enjoy. Make reservations at (509) 891-5980. Today and Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $35/person; $60/couple.
Chocolate Extravaganza - Come taste 10 chocolate entries from local chefs and vote for your favorite at this fundraiser for Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, a local nonprofit.The event will include raffles and microbrews from the Idaho Pour Authority. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., Sandpoint. $10. (208) 290-2280.
Dutch “Luv Day” Food Drive - Friday. Dutch Bros. Coffee will host a food drive on Valentine’s Day. Bring three nonperishable food items for a free medium drink and five items for a free large drink. Items donated at the Spokane locations will be given to the Second Harvest Food Bank; items donated at Coeur d’Alene locations will be given to the Community Action Partnership Food Bank. For more information and list of store locations, visit www.dutchbros.com/locations.
Vino Wine Tastings - Friday, El Corazon of Walla Walla, 3-6:30 p.m., $10; Saturday, Mackey Vineyards of Walla Walla, 2-4:30 p.m., $15; Feb. 21, Gifford Hirlinger of Walla Walla, 3-6:30 p.m., $15; Feb. 22, Tertulia Cellars of Walla Walla, 2-4:30 p.m., $15. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Valentines Restaurant Night - The six-course menu includes caprese skewers, tomato bisque, Commellini house salad, spaghetti, chicken cacciatore and chocolate mousse. Reservations are required. Friday and Saturday, 5-9 p.m., Commellini Estate, 14715 N. Dartford Drive. $45. (509) 466-0667.
Valentine’s Day Luncheon - Menu will include pasta with choice of sauce, chicken Caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert. Entertainment by The Fossils Five. Friday, 11:30 a.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. $15/advance; $18/door. (509) 327-1584.
Valentine’s Wine Dinner - A five-course dinner paired with selections from Three Rivers Winery. Friday, 6-10 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $55/per person. (509) 327-8000.
“Interlude” - A Valentine’s dinner celebration of art by Carrie Vielle, food and music by composer John Eldwood. Friday, 6-8 p.m., Bank Left Gallery, Bistro, 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse. $35. (509) 878-8425.
Wine and Cheese at the Market - Tastings include: Friday and Saturday, Walla Walla, Chocolate Chocolate, $29; Feb. 21, West Coast Wine Adventure, $20; Feb. 28, Belgian Beer Experience, $20. Reservations are requested. Tastings at 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.
Chocolate Tasting Class - Learn how to enjoy chocolate with all five senses. You will also learn about the origins of chocolate and what fair trade is. Reservations are recommended. Friday, 7 p.m., Chocolate Apothecary, Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. $15. (509) 324-2424.
The Art of Butchery - INCA After Dark will present a class geared for farmers and ranchers, but all are welcome. Chef Tobin will show you where various cuts come from and their uses, how to sell your protein products, and how to maximize carcass value. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Building 1. $65. (509) 533-8141.
Affordable Wines Tasting - Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. $5 for a flight of five. (509) 624-1349.
Heart for Homes Dinner and Auction - The fifth annual fundraiser to benefit new home construction and “A Brush with Kindness” home repair program. Saturday, 5 p.m., Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $45/person; $360/table. (208) 762-4663.
Tea Room Open House - Make and enjoy Usucha, Japanese powdered green tea, with sweets, at the Japanese Cultural Center. Reservations are required. Tuesday and Feb. 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mukogawa Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Road. (509) 328-2971.
Spokane Go Red For Women Luncheon - The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon is an event to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases while empowering women to take charge of their hearts. Learn about heart disease prevention and raise money for research and community programs related to women’s heart health. Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125. (509) 279-7000.
Modern Cuisine Techniques with Chef Adam Hegsted - A class on spherification, foams and gels. Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50/person. (208) 457-8950.
Through the Drinking Glass - Participants will split into five groups. Each group will sample an unknown Iron Goat beer and describe the beer in three ways: mouthfeel, aroma and flavor. Hosted by Girls Pint Out. Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., Iron Goat Brewing, 2204 E. Mallon Ave. $15/includes five samples and a pint. (509) 474-0722.
INCA After Dark Cooking Classes - Feb. 20, Homemade Bread and Baguettes; Feb. 28, Dim Sum; March 7 and 8, Pizzeria Pizza at Home; March 11, Hearty Stews. All classes are 6-8 p.m. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call (509) 533-8141. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Building 1. $49/per class.
Flapjack Fundraiser - Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk, juice and soft drinks to benefit the St. Mary’s youth group mission trip to serve persons in need through Catholic Heart Work Camp. Visit www.heartworkcamp.com for more information. To purchase tickets, please call (509) 954-9406. Feb. 22, 8-10 a.m., Spokane Valley Applebee’s, 12217 E. Mission Ave. $10.
Meet the Vendors - There will be free samples from Chukar Dave, Pure Eire Dairy, Roast House Coffee and Great Harvest. Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. (509) 624-1349.
Spokane Potters’ Guild Chili Feed - Purchase your favorite handmade chili bowl and enjoy all the chili you can eat. There will also be other handmade pottery items for sale. Cash or check only. Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. $12/general; $5/age 8 and younger. (509) 532-8225.
Pacific Northwest Cheese - Author Tami Parr will explain how regional cheese making found its way back to the farm. It’s a lively story that begins with the first fur traders in the Pacific Northwest and ends with modern-day small farmers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Cheese samples provided by Saunders Cheese Market. Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Nuevo Latino Salads with Chef Columba Aguilar - Learn how to create delicious salads starring many ingredients traditional in Latin America. March 5, 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50/person. (208) 457-8950.
Christian Center School Auction and Dinner - This year’s theme is “Faith More Precious Than Gold.” Auction begins at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. Silent auction, live auction and raffles throughout the evening. Make reservations by Feb. 27 for choice of entree. March 7, 5 p.m., Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Advance: $20/person; $140/table of eight; after Feb. 21: $25/person; $180/table of eight. (800) 251-7829.
Wine, Stein and Dine - Sample wine, microbrew and food from more than 85 area wineries, microbreweries and restaurants. There will be a silent auction, wine tree raffle, live entertainment and complimentary wine glass or beer stein. Annual premier benefit for the Post Falls Education Foundation providing teaching grants for innovative classroom education for all grades in the Post Falls School District. Tickets available at Panhandle State Bank branches, Trading Company, Super 1 Foods and Enoteca Fine Wine & Beer, all in Post Falls, as well as the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. March 8, 7 p.m., Greyhound Park and Events Center, 5100 W. Riverbend Road, Post Falls. $45/advance; $60/door, includes all food and drinks. (208) 661-1538.
Taste Spokane 2014 - Wishing Star is hosting its eighth annual event. The evening will be filled with live music, food and adult beverages. Spokane’s most acclaimed restaurants, regional wineries and breweries, chocolatiers and dessert purveyors will exhibit their products and serve samples. March 14, 6 p.m., Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road. $35. (509) 744-3411.
Fusion Cooking with Chef Bob Black - Celebrate the new American Cuisine with distinctive seasonings and cooking styles. April 9, 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50/person. (208) 457-8950.